1. Once a student has
been accepted for study after interview and audition, it is expected
that practicing is part of the agreement. Recommended time is 30
minutes daily, six days/week. This time is increased as level
of skill increases. Parents monitor this on a weekly basis and
signing student practice records in Music History in the
Making. Remember: students GET to practice six days a week!
Please rest one day of your choice, but not lesson day. It is best
to practice immediately following a lesson as 50% of the knowledge
acquired during a lesson is lost if it has not been reinforced right
2. Recommended practice
time per day is 30 minutes for beginners with time increasing as
student advances. Advanced students can expect to practice 2 hours
daily. Time required will be indicated on the weekly lesson
assignment. The student is responsible for recording practice time
and of course, for practicing as instructed.
3. Home environment
should provide a milieu which is conducive to student achievement. A
satisfactory, playable instrument, and parental encouragement in the
organization of practice time are necessary tools of success for the
student. An acoustic piano is required. All piano students must have
4. Please be prompt for
lessons. Enter the studio the door with gold lyre. Parents will
promptly pick up students after their lessons so as not to leave
them unattended, waiting outside.
5. There is a variety of independent learning
activities: theory, rhythm training, ear training, composer
biographies, opera, styles/eras of music, music history and
6. Tuition reserves
your lesson time; it is payment for your course of music education.
Tuition is non-refundable. What you do with your reserved time, is
entirely up to you. Tuition does not include music books/supplies,
audition, recital, testing or competition fees.
7. If you have
conflicting activities, you may feel free to use the Student Roster
to change lesson times with another student. The teacher does not
change a schedule once it has been agreed upon. The roster is
maintained so that each student assumes responsibility for any
change. If for some reason, you do not want your name and number on
this roster, please, notify the studio at once so the information
can be deleted. By enrolling in the 2012-2013 studio schedule, you
agree to automatically be listed on the roster.
8. If you are sick and
notify the studio 24 hours in advance your lesson time will
9. Vacations during the
school year are not considered cancellations. Absenteeism is an
obstacle to progress. It is the student's responsibility to use
their reserved lesson time as there are no makeup lessons.
10. If there is a true
emergency, such as death in the family or sudden, expected illness,
this time will be rescheduled. Try to notify the studio as soon as
possible. Due to time constraints, the lesson will be completed
during the summer months and most likely will be a group lesson. The
number of lessons utilized will be reflected on the monthly
11. Casa de la Música
tries to operate on a time schedule. However, there will be times
when your private lesson does not begin right on the scheduled hour.
Please do not schedule subsequent events so close that you must
leave early. Allow enough time to complete your lesson. When
students are in a rush to make a deadline elsewhere following the
lesson, they are distracted and unable to focus.
12. Casa de la Música
reserves the right to dismiss a student midyear for lack of progress
due to poor practice habits and attitude. Lesson time will not be
used as a substitute for practice time. Prior to dismissal, parents
will be notified. Ample time will be given to correct any problems.
This is part of the self-discipline of the music program.
13. Remember, if
objectives for the student are not clear, a conference with parents
may be necessary.
14. Please wash hands
before lessons. In fact, just get in the habit of hand washing
before practice or performance. Instruments are expensive and
require special care and respect. At the studio, the piano keys can
become a medium for communicable diseases. Cleanliness can reduce
this factor. A student may be asked to excuse themselves and wash if
need be during a lesson. Fingernails will be clipped short. This is
an important factor in hand position.
15. A notice of one
month is required for students discontinuing lessons for any reason.
Once a student embarks on a school year of study, it is expected
that they will complete it.
16. Payments for
tuition and other student expenses are due by the 10th of each
month. A late fee of $35 is charged for payments received after the
10th. A $35 service charge is applied to all accounts for checks
returned for insufficient funds.
17. Only full time
students will participate in recitals, contests and extra-circular
activities. It is not possible to prepare part-time students for
these activities. The preparation time required is not sufficient.
18. Due to the size and
capacity of the studio, it is requested that family members wait
outside the studio during lessons. It is too disruptive to have many
people in the studio. Parents are welcome during the lesson, but
without other children. Students should not bring guests to lessons.
19. Please be
alert to school closings due to bad weather. If District #196 closes
school for the day, there will be no lessons. If school starts late,
lessons will proceed as usual. Lessons canceled due to bad weather
will be made up. Please watch the website for studio closings on
this website at weather.
20. For scheduling purposes, the
school calendar of District #196 is followed: District #196 Schedule 2017-2018
21. Each student will
receive Piano Explorer magazine each month. There are
10 issues per year. Cost is $12 per student per year. They are
expected to read it and complete all assignments in it.
22. Casa de la Música
serves as a host to pedagogy/piano major students from local
colleges and universities such as University of St. Thomas and the
University of Minnesota. On occasion, there may be a student teacher
who will be observing studio activity and lessons. This should be a
positive experience for all concerned. It is done only with student
permission and advanced scheduling. We are pleased to be included as
a resource for higher education facilities.